April 29 - May 3, 2019

A leadership retreat
for women in design.

Spring applications closed.



Within Spring 2019
Palm Springs


Accomplished women. A beautiful environment. Space to connect, reflect, and discover. These are the key ingredients of Within, an immersive four-day experience for a select group of senior* design leaders in tech.

Purposefully intimate, participants exchange ideas, learn methodologies, and practice mindfulness to access intuition, wisdom, and creativity. Everyone returns home feeling their most resilient—equipped to live and lead from Within.

* The Spring 2019 retreat is for senior leaders with 5+ years of management experience. See our FAQ for more details.


What to expect

The experience


Leadership is a craft rooted in who we are as individuals. Creating time to reflect and discover is not only pivotal to our success, but also essential to leading authentically and courageously. With just enough structure and plenty of breathing room, Within is designed to have an impact on participants well beyond the retreat.



Experience and perspective are invaluable gifts. Prepare to give and receive through a series of fireside chats and leadership workshops in the company of the industry’s most accomplished leaders. Together we will exchange ideas, fill up on inspiration, and find new ways forward.



There are few things more satisfying than creating from a place of inspiration. We will harness the power of our creativity, whether that means night time photography, shibori indigo dying or hand block printing. Remember what it’s like to get lost in the flow of making.



When we really listen, we find that there is so much within us to discover. Daily yoga, nature hikes, guided meditation. Whether you’re a beginner or have a daily practice, there will be many ways into the art of being present...and plenty of time to process what comes up.



The in-between time is where the magic often happens, especially when you’re in the company of powerful women. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious meal together or lounging by the pool, we know real talk and, therefore, real connection will ensue.


Palm Springs,


If you’ve never been to Palm Springs, you are in for a treat: big skies and bright sunshine; a colorful, art-filled desert landscape; mid-century modern architecture; proximity to quiet, open spaces.

The Ace Hotel brings together the best of what Palm Springs has to offer. Walk the beautiful grounds and admire the murals and architecture. Treat yourself at the spa, lounge by our private pool, or in your private room. Bike to downtown. Or just breathe.

Got more questions? Check out our FAQ.

All serious daring
starts from within.
— Eudora Welty


Participant highlights


Within brings together women from different backgrounds and experiences, to share what challenges have shaped them, what questions they are grappling with, and what dreams they have for our collective future.


Margaret Lee
Director of UX at Google

An opportunity to learn, bond and recenter yourself in a supportive group of like-minded women leaders. Not only will you relax, but you will do some necessary work so you can emerge a better version of yourself.


Emma van Niekerk
Director of Design at Intercom

The Within retreat is an opportunity to let your guard down, reflect on your leadership, and learn from a group of peers who have been through many of the same challenges. It's completely rejuvenating.


Anisha Jain
Design Director at Dropbox


Within 2019 is presented by Design Dept.


And made possible by our partners:


Photos by Greyson MacAlpine. Design by Laura Polkus.